Living in North Idaho, we have had heavy smoke from forest fires for weeks. While in previous years, the smoke would stay for a couple of days but eventually blow away. So I have avoided doing big rides or hard workouts outside for the past couple weeks, but it looks like the fires will be here for a while. So I have been getting out when the AQI is below 100, and it seems fine.
Am I doing damage to my lungs riding long or hard in AQI 100-150? Should it be avoided completely?
I also realize that I am privileged and get to ride in fresh air most of the year. So how do others that live in cities or smoggy places deal with bad air quality?
I don’t have AC for indoor training, so I am just blowing smoky air into my house if I decide to ride the trainer.